Amtrak: Connecting America for 50 years
There was an era when the other side of the country
might as well have been the other side of the world.
That's the way it stayed
until brave and brilliant pioneers
built railroads to open new opportunities
and bring a sprawling nation closer together.
Passenger trains remained central to America's story
until the mid-20th century
when the reliable locomotive fell on hard times.
While private railroads teetered on the brink of failure,
a bold Congress, hearing widespread public support,
stepped in to fund a unified passenger rail system
to keep America on track: Amtrak.
It wouldn't be easy,
but visionary women and men worked tirelessly
to consolidate operations from 20 different rail companies
and assemble a network to link small towns
and big cities from coast to coast.
The plan worked, but they didn't stop there.
They got busy renewing our fleet, investing in upgraded track,
Refurbishing stations, expanding service with state partners
and bringing high-speed rail to America.
Their forward-looking dedication
and constant drive for improvement paid off
with the renewed public interest in rail travel,
steadily growing ridership
and a rich 50-year legacy of unbelievable journeys.
Now a new generation looks ahead to the next 50 years.
They're unveiling state-of-the-art facilities,
crafting innovative initiatives,
And rolling out a cutting-edge fleet of high-speed
trainsets and efficient locomotives
to ensure rail's place in the future
as a cornerstone of clean transportation.
They're exploring access to new communities
so no one's left behind.
and implementing enhanced safety standards
for peace of mind during today's travel
And whatever lies ahead.
At the heart of Amtrak, there's always been, great people,
people who believe in the power of staying connected
to faraway places,
to our history,
to what's next
and to each other.
That's why the future rides with us.